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Arizona reports 469 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths Wednesday

Gilmar Martiz, from Panama, gets a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccination from a health care worker at Miami International Airport on May 10, 2021, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Wednesday reported 469 new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths from COVID-19.

The latest documented totals were 870,624 COVID-19 infections and 17,430 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 5,408,077 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,076,913 people (42.8% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,534,272 people fully vaccinated.

Since plummeting from January peaks, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have remained stable over the last two months, with relatively minor daily fluctuations.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 22 overnight to 599 on Tuesday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by five to 190.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The hospitalization numbers posted each morning are reported electronically the previous evening by hospitals across the state.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

Diagnostic testing is available at hundreds of locations across Arizona and should be sought out by anybody with symptoms or who may have been exposed to an infected person. Information about locations, schedules and registration can be found on the Department of Health Services website.

All adults across Arizona are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with the minimum age at 16 for the Pfizer shot and 18 for other approved versions. Final federal clearance for kids as young as 12 to get the Pfizer vaccine is expected this week.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page showing locations and registration information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider. Booking in advance is encouraged at the state-run mass vaccination sites, but walk-ins are accepted.

Spots at the state-run sites can be secured at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201. A new batch of appointments for the following week at those locations, which use the Pfizer vaccine, are released every Friday.

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